Empire Movers Blog
Moving with teenagers
April 26, 2018
If it’s difficult for adults, and it’s also difficult for kids and pets, you can be sure that a move is also very difficult for teenagers. These young people usually deal with their own, age-related issues, at the same time. So adding another problem can make things very complicated for them.
For a teenager, moving to a new home also means moving to a new school. It also means leaving behind friends and places where they feel comfortable and safe. That’s why it’s so important to help them adjust to the new things that affect their lives. At Empire Movers, we understand this and we want to help everyone have the best moving experience possible. If you’re moving with teenagers, the following tips might just come in handy.
Ask them to write a journal
You can and you should buy your teenager a journal, as a gift. It will be their very own “moving journal”, a place where they can express their feelings about the changes happening all around them.
The journal will also help them capture the moment. It will allow them to add photos of their friends, old home and more.
Ask for their opinion on the move
When buying a new home, it might be a good idea to get everyone’s input. That way, you’ll make sure that you buy something that everybody likes.
Get your teenager involved early on. It will make them feel like they’re part of the team, and part of the decision.
Share moving details
This is something that you have to do with your entire family. You can also suggest that each member should decide how they want their rooms to look.
Research the new community together
Your new home doesn’t have to be a stranger to you. You can research the new neighborhood, new town, even the new country. This way, you’ll know what to expect.
When researching with your young son or daughter, you may be able to point out to them things they find interesting, such as local recreation facilities, sports centers and more.
Register together for a new school
This way, your teenager will be able to take a tour of the new school and see what clubs or teams he or she wants to join even before school starts. And don’t forget about summer clubs. You can sign them up and help them make friends even faster.
One last party, to say goodbye to old friends
It doesn’t really have to be a party. You can ask your son or daughter how he or she wants to say goodbye to friends. They might want a party, or a night out, or a weekend together. Find out and help them plan it.
Moving kits are essential when moving with teenagers
Your young adult is still young. You need to remember that. This means that they need to be entertained on the way to the new home. To help prevent boredom, suggest making a kit with magazines, books or games. It will help keep them entertained.
Essential kits are essential as well
Everyone needs this kit when moving. It contains clothes, books, personal things you can’t live without and more.
Get them to complete a list of tasks
It might not look like it but teenagers will appreciate being involved in the moving process. So suggest they pack their room, or help their younger siblings, or even help organize a garage sale. It will keep them busy and feel like their contributing to the move.